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Turkey rescues dozens after powerful quake kills 41

After a deadly tremor struck Turkey's east, rescue teams worked around the clock to save dozens from a disaster that sparked both an outpouring of support and fears about the country's unpreparedness for such events.
Search and rescue personnel work at the site of a collapsed building, after an earthquake in Elazig, Turkey, January 27, 2020. REUTERS/Umit Bektas - RC29OE9XXDY4

ISTANBUL — The death toll from a 6.8-magnitude earthquake that hit eastern Turkey rose to 41 people on Monday after rescue workers pulled the last two missing victims from the rubble three days after disaster struck, a bitter reminder of the vulnerability of a country straddling active fault lines.

The powerful quake hit the eastern province of Elazig on Friday night, toppling scores of buildings and setting off a race against time to pull trapped women, children and men from the wreckage in freezing temperatures.

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